Keith Jarrett was a bona fide musical prodigy, starting piano lessons at age 3 and having a TV debut at 5. His first formal recital was at age 7 where he played works by Mozart, Bach, Beethoven and Saint-Saëns before ending with two of his own compositions.
Jarrett was into jazz in his teens, went to Berklee College of Music and then joined Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers. He played with Charles Lloyd and then on Miles Davis’ initial forays into jazz fusion.
The Mystic Order of the Jazz Obsessed (MOJO) will salute this American master on Monday, Aug. 26, at 6:30 p.m., in Bellingrath Hall at Central Presbyterian Church (1260 Dauphin St.). Florida’s Camara Kambon Trio will lead a musical tour through Jarrett’s work.
Entrance is $15, $12 for students/military and $10 for MOJO members. The fee includes a light jambalaya dinner.
For further info, call 251-459-2298 or go to mojojazz.org.
Sculptor leads MMoA talk
Sculptor Bruce Larsen will lead an art talk on his work and inspirations at the Mobile Museum of Art (MMoA, 4850 Museum Drive) on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 6:30 p.m. The session is in conjunction with MMoA’s Southern Masters exhibit, featuring the work of Casey Downing Jr., Nall and Larsen.
MMoA entrance is free on Thursdays for all Mobile County residents. Advance word on Larsen’s presentation said to “be prepared for surprises.” Larsen is known for his large found-object work, often industrial in tone and kinetic to boot. Should attendees bring helmets or welding glasses?
Phone Stan Hackney at 251-208-5200 to find out.
Opera board pres advances
The University of Mobile announced the promotion of Bruce Earnest, Ph.D., to vice president for advancement, where he will lead fundraising initiatives.
Earnest has a long background in area arts initiatives. He serves as president of the Mobile Opera board of directors and is co-founder and executive director of the Everblue Arts Festival in Fairhope. He also founded the International Performing Arts Institute in Kiefersfelden, Germany, where he continues to teach music and theatre each summer.
Earnest holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Southern Mississippi, a Master of Music in performance from the University of Miami and a Bachelor of Arts in music administration from Westfield State University. He has received postdoctoral training in planned giving and major gift cultivation at New York University and Humboldt State University.
Previously, he was associate professor of musical theatre at the University of South Dakota; associate professor of voice at Folkwang University in Essen, Germany; guest professor of voice at the Hochschule für Music und Theater in Munich, Germany; and assistant professor, founder and coordinator of musical theatre at the University of Central Florida.
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